Social School Award Blog
Watch this video submitted by the Headteacher, Deputy, Key Stage Leader, Parent & School Governor from Coates Lane Primary who this month were the first in the UK to be given the Social School Award. This was the school’s video submission as part of their evidence gathering, reflections and analysis of impact on parental and […]Continue Reading...
If your school is one of the first wave to register with us in taking the first step towards making a submission for the Social School Award, then there’s something in the post for you arriving tomorrow (6th July 2017). Based on the quality of early registrants for the Award, it’s clear that schools are […]Continue Reading...
Lots of schools have embraced social media in recent years & it has become clear that the more successful ones have certain things in common. Namely, they’ve begun to recognise how social media can be a positive force for change in and around school. As a vehicle for change, social media in schools can be very influential. Many […]Continue Reading...
To help you prepare your award submission there are a number of supplementary resources in the Social School Award Support Resources Area. You’ll find a range of ready to adapt or adopt documents here on the website which are accessible once you have registered and logged in. Resources include policies guidance posters info sheets For […]Continue Reading...
The Social School Award was just launched on 11th May at the Lancashire Association of School Business Managers Conference. The Social School Award is designed for schools who have embraced social media for connecting, promoting and engaging with others in lots of different ways. A collaboration between John Bidder and David Mitchell over the last […]Continue Reading...
When your school harnesses social media effectively, it’s all about levelling the platform between education and the outside world. Here’s an equation: education + real world = belief & engagement Belief to me is acceptance by either a learner or a teacher that what they’re experiencing is authentic, valid, proven & valuable. Engagement to me is […]Continue Reading...
Today I was travelling back by train from a meeting in Manchester. Hot choc in hand I arrived at the platform and found that the train I was to catch had been cancelled. No worries. Trainline App to hand (I wasn’t alone – another guy also had this) I worked out what I needed in […]Continue Reading...
You’d be forgiven for thinking that in order to use the world’s biggest social media platform, your school would have to be at the frontier for innovation or at the very least have maverick-like leadership. Not true. Far from it. The Heads we know all see the value of parental engagement. From new-to-the-school Heads through to […]Continue Reading...
Is it possible to get valuable parental engagement right across a Multi Academy Trust using social media? Yes it is. In this recent talk, you can hear tips, advice and hopefully get a better understanding of why schools choose to work with us as their partner in this challenging area. Is your school ready to register for the Social […]Continue Reading...
A short series of talks is now available to share some of the most popular social media questions and topics raised by head teachers over the last couple of years. Since 2010 I’ve been meeting with Head Teachers specifically on the topic of how they can reach out to parents and engage with them in new and effective […]Continue Reading...
The Social School Award™
Register Your School
Video Upload (max 2 mins)Talk about & show how social media has been a vehicle for positive change in your community reflecting what you have learned with experience.
Share some highlights of where connection, promotion & engagement via social media have happened.
Include soundbites from people involved in your Social Team that support your goals.
Share soundbites from parents, teachers, SLT & others if possible talking about examples e.g. impact upon community cohesion, savings, process improvement, take-up of opportunities to support your school
Include screenshots of any memorable social media interactions your school has had with annotations to explain the context and value to your school.
Document UploadInclude extracts of documents relating to how the school uses social media e.g extracts from your policy and appendices.
Include guidance of how school deals with more challenging social interactions e.g. show that school has a willingness to engage with negative as well as positive interactions as appropriate to the context.